Planned Giving Stories
J.E. & Evelyn Turner
As you walk across the campus at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, you may spot alumnus J.E. Turner along the way—not in person, but in the memories of him on display in the men's residence hall named after him, or through the generous contributions that he and his wife, Evelyn, left behind for future students.
Once a student contract worker at then– Texas A&I University, J.E. went on to earn a bachelor's degree from the university and a master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He taught for nine years before returning to Texas A&I to lead the alumni association. He served as dean of men from 1952 to 1973, then as the foreign student advisor until his retirement in 1974.
J.E. and Evelyn were dedicated supporters of several university programs, including athletics, the alumni association and the students in general. Everyone was always impressed by their gracious and friendly manner, including Peter Wyro, former executive director, Texas A&M University–Kingsville Foundation, who reflected on the couple he always enjoyed visiting. "The Turners were one of the most recognized couples among our alumni and were known for their lifelong interest and efforts to benefit the students."
All of the Turners' nieces went to Texas A&I, including Peggy Cox. "We were always an extremely close family, and J.E. was known for remembering people, always calling them by name. And Evelyn was an incredible mentor and hostess. We always took a lot of stock in what she taught us," Peggy says.
After J.E. passed away in 2001, Evelyn established the J.E. and Evelyn Turner Endowed Scholarship Fund to support Texas A&M—Kingsville students. She then increased the original endowment amount, allowing up to $5,000 a year for scholarships in perpetuity.
Evelyn passed away, but the memories of this iconic couple, as well as their generous spirit, remain: Her last will and testament included Texas A&M–Kingsville, which added an additional $100,000 to the original endowed scholarship fund established in her husband's memory.
Oscar & Susie Fogle
Oscar and Susie Fogle have been supporting Texas A&M University–Kingsville for many years. Thanks to a planned gift, their generosity will continue to help future Javelinas for many years to come.
"I have had a love for the university for many years," Oscar says. "Susie and I have enjoyed a long relationship with the university."
The Fogles have set up a $50,000 life insurance policy naming the university as the beneficiary. It will create the Oscar H. and Susie P. Fogle Scholarship Endowment and provide scholarships to deserving students across all disciplines.
Oscar and Susie attended Texas A&I University and three of their children have degrees from there. "I was president of the old Texas A&I Alumni Association. In fact, I was the last president of that group," he says. "After that, I joined the Foundation board and have been there for 14 years."
At A&M University–Kingsville, Oscar has been a member of the Texas A&M University–Kingsville Foundation Board, the Javelina Alumni Association's Century Club and the President's Circle.
"Oscar is a very giving person and very thoughtful in what he does," says Pete Wyro, former executive director of the Texas A&M University– Kingsville Foundation. "I have known him for many years. I don't think there is anything Oscar can't do."
Oscar is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired after a long career with Exxon Corp. As a member of Exxon's International Oil Spill Response Team, he was a deputy taskforce commander during the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup operations. Oscar was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the board of directors of the Guadalupe–Blanco River Authority. He will serve in that capacity until 2014. He is chair of the Agricultural Advisory Committee for the Caldwell County Appraisal District, an active member of the Caldwell County Republican Party, a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association, an amateur radio operator, and a pilot. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church– Lockhart where he is a certified lay speaker and serves as the vice chair of the board of trustees.
Today, the Fogles own and operate Oak Hill Ranch where they have a commercial cattle business and conduct several wildlife management practices.
Fred & Joan Nuesche
After being involved with the athletics program for more than 40 years, Joan and Fred Nuesch have come to consider the faculty, staff and students of Texas A&M University–Kingsville their family. So much so, in fact, the Kingsville couple left a generous legacy gift through their will in support of Javelina Athletics.
"Athletics has been a big part of our lives for the past 40 years, or since we were married in 1969," Fred says. "We've had so many great experiences traveling with the teams, and some of our best friends have been the coaches and administrators, their spouses, and the hundreds—if not thousands—of Javelina athletes. We can't imagine a better life. We've traveled to Europe, Mexico, Hawaii and most other states, and a lot of this is thanks to the Javelina Athletic Department."
Joan, a native of Canada, has lived most of her life in Kingsville, earned her biology degree in 1958 from Texas College of Arts and Industries. She completed a medical technology internship at The Ohio State University and worked as a medical technologist for 37 years.
Her father, Dr. John W. Howe, served as agriculture professor and dean of the College of Agriculture of Texas College of Arts and Industries from 1948 to 1967, retiring as a full professor in 1972. The Howe Agricultural Laboratory Building is named in recognition of his leadership and service.
The university remains a significant part of Joan's life, and she continues to serve her community in a variety of ways. She is a member of the Kingsville Garden Club, the NOW Department of the Women's Club, the University Women's Club and the Texas A&M–Kingsville President's Legacy Ball Committee, to name just a few.
A native of Malvern, Arkansas, Fred attended Henderson State University and received his master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. He later was named a distinguished alumnus at Henderson State.
Arriving at Texas A&I University in 1968, Fred began his Javelina career as sports information director (SID), later becoming assistant athletic director and media relations coordinator. Fred is an inducted member of six Halls of Fame: the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Lone Star Conference, Paris Junior College, Henderson State University, College Sports Information Directors of America and Javelina Athletics. Throughout his distinguished career, Fred won over 100 awards for Javelina Athletic publications; became a two–time recipient of the NAIA Award of Merit; became the NAIA National SID of the Year; was the first recipient of the NCAA Division II Extra Mile Award; and served as a press officer for the 1984 Olympic games, 1986 and 1993 Olympic festivals, 1987 World University Games and the 1990 Goodwill Games.
Joan and Fred are longtime supporters of Javelina Athletics, providing their support and time to university scholarship funds, athletic teams, academic programs and special events. They are lifetime members of the Javelina Alumni Association.
"My life has always been built around sports and for much of it, this has been Javelina sports. Even though winning hasn't been the most important part of this relationship with the department, we've certainly had far more than our share of victories and championships," Fred says. "It's been a phenomenal time, and it seems natural for us to give back to the Javelina Athletic Department that has given so much to us."
Their gift will help Javelina Athletics stay competitive at the highest levels of the Lone Star Conference and NCAA Division II. "Joan and Fred's impact will be felt throughout the entire athletic program for years to come, and we couldn't be prouder to have their support," says Dr. Steven Tallant, president of Texas A&M–Kingsville.
Fred & Virginia McIntire
Texas A&M University–Kingsville has received many bequests, but none more personal than that of the Fred and Virginia McIntire estate. There is no question that Fred and his wife, Virginia, were committed to their alma mater. They were beyond generous; their sentiments of pride were felt upon receiving the personal gifts they left as part of their legacy. Included in the estate gifts was a worn college ring, so worn that it was evident Fred must have held on to it for many years. The gift of this ring told us how proud he was to wear it and how much he and Virginia valued their education and the Javelinas to come after them.
Javelina student athletes of the future will benefit from Fred and Virginia's bequest. The $1.7 million gift is the largest endowment ever received by Javelina Athletics and leaves a legacy in support of scholarships to student athletes majoring in science and engineering.
Fred, a native of Floresville, came to Kingsville to attend Texas College of Arts and Industries. He played football and basketball for the Javelinas, serving as team captain and achieving all-conference honors in 1937. He also was senior class president from 1937 to 1938.
Fred earned his bachelor's degree in physics in 1938. He graduated cum laude and was elected by faculty as best student in math and physics two years in a row. He was selected for Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and the American College Year Book.
As a student, Fred also served as the physics lab assistant and later was an instructor in math. After completing his master's degree in physics in 1939, he worked as an assistant professor in math and physics for two years before going to work for the FBI. There, he rose through the ranks to become special agent in charge of the Detroit division. During his 14 years with the FBI, he received numerous commendations from legendary FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Upon leaving the Bureau, he became an officer with Michigan Consolidated Gas.
Virginia, also an alumna from Texas College of Arts and Industries, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education in 1937 and was a school teacher for many years. Throughout her career in education, she inspired many students, motivated colleagues and prepared future leaders, leaving a wonderful example for others to follow.
After retiring, Fred and Virginia moved to Austin. Fred passed away in November 1998 and Virginia moved to Corpus Christi in 2002. She passed away in May 2006.
Virginia left more than monetary support and a lifetime of leadership—she demonstrated her genteel sentiments to the University through a gift of more than 30 pieces of precious jewelry she collected from all over the world during her and Fred's many travels together. These very personal and humbling gifts were received through gratitude, and we hope to demonstrate our thanks in part through the story of the McIntires' Javelina pride.
"We are honored that Fred and Virginia chose to entrust their legacy to our student athletes at Texas A&M University–Kingsville," Dr. Steven Tallant, Texas A&M–Kingsville president, says. "It is a legacy that provides opportunity and builds successful academic futures for Javelina athletes for many years to come."